49ers WR Michael Crabtree is 'step or two quicker' this year


49ers WR Michael Crabtree is 'step or two quicker' this year

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick @Kaepernick7 said wide receiver Michael Crabtree @KingCrab15 was never fully healthy last season. The sixth-year wideout did make it back from an offseason Achilles tear on Dec. 1 and caught 19 passes for 284 yards in the final five regular-season games. But according to Kaepernick, that wasn't the real Crabtree.
That guy has showed up in training camp this year.
"He's a step or two quicker now," Kaepernick said of Crabtree on Tuesday. "He has a burst out of his routes. He has burst when he catches the ball. (He) looks really good out there."

Fantasy Analysis:

Crabtree's average draft position is in the fifth round, in the early 20s among WRs. He's being drafted after Percy Harvin and Roddy White on average. Thus, I think he's fallen a bit too far. Almost a year and a half removed from the Achilles tear, Kaepernick makes it clear that Crabtree is operating at a high level. He was an 1,100-yard player in 2012, and while the 49ers have added more targets in the passing game, they are also go to throw the ball more often this season. A lot of fantasy teams out there are going to land Crabtree as a WR3, and they should be very pleased about that.

Matt Maiocco via CSNBayArea.com

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